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City Press – ” A new book argues the labour federation faces a crisis of relevance, strength and survival. Its most fatal wounds, the authors suggest, are self-inflicted …
It is this crisis that an authoritative new book, titled Cosatu in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation, grapples with. Edited by academics Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall, Cosatu in Crisis consists of essays and papers by 13 authorities in the field of unionism. The topics cover everything from the political rupture in the federation to ideological drift and the socioeconomic challenges facing the unions.”
Cosatu has played a crucial role in championing democratisation, and it has been a critical voice for workers. But today with the current crisis crippling Cosatu, the future of Cosatu is uncertain.
Through the work of leading labour scholars and political analysts, provides an extraordinarily engaged analysis of the underlying causes of the federation’s demise, and provides crucial perspectives on why organised labour is key to understanding the future of alliance politics, industrial relations and democracy.
Cosatu has played a crucial role in championing democratisation, and it has been a critical voice for workers. But today, the future of Cosatu is uncertain. Formerly one of the most advanced and respected trade union federations in the world, some see Cosatu as undergoing the degeneration and marginalisation that has characterised the fate of many postcolonial labour movements in Africa. So what are the implications for South Africa of the threatened disintegration of Cosatu and more importantly – what’s next for Cosatu?
Cosatu in Crisis is a must-read for unionists, business leaders, policy makers, and academics – and for anyone interested in knowing how labour will continue to shape the future of South Africa.